It’s Wurstfest time again in New Braunfels, but this is a special year. It’s Wurstfest’s 50th anniversary and it’s a golden time to visit.

The dates for Wurstfest’s Golden Anniversary are October 29 – November 7, 2010. The cost for admission is $8.00

The Texas Travelin’ Man wants to send 130 people (65 couples) to Wursfest this year as my guest and I’ve made it easy.

For the first 65 people who send me:
1) a suggestion (posted on this blog) on where to find the Best Chicken Fried Steak in Texas then;
2) send an email to with their name and mailing address, I’ll send them 2 tickets to Wurstfest 2010.  (1 pair per family per address, please.)

Here are the Chicken Fried Steak places I’ve been to so far, so hopefully you will give me other options.

To learn more about last years Wurstfest, read my blog.

Who is that mapped man? It’s the Texas Travelin’ Man.

It's the Texas Travelin' Man

This article has 107 comments

  1. terry moseley Reply


  2. Thetexastravelin'man Reply

    Thanks for the info M
    I have a question. How long have you been working at Old Jodys in Temple? Ha.Ha.
    It is on my list to try.

  3. Kimberly Woodall Reply

    The best chicken fried steak I have ever had is at Bandera Grill in Huntsville, TX. I go there every chance I get.

  4. The Texas Travelin' Man Reply

    Kimberly. Thanks for the tip on Bandera Grill in Huntsville. It’s now on my short list.

  5. Cheri Reply

    The best chicken fried steak is at Matt’s El Rancho on Lamar in Austin. It has the perfect amount of crust vs. meat ratio and is served with Homemade fries. Amazing! Makes me want one, just thinking about it.

  6. Sundance Carson Reply

    By far, the best Chicken Fried Steak is at the Antler Cafe in Bulverde/Spring Branch. It’s huge and will not disappoint. Bonus, is that you can enjoy the meal while in town for Wurstfest!

  7. Kenny Reply

    Just thought of another great place: Hill’s Cafe in Austin. Excellent, tender chicken fried steak!

  8. The Texas Travelin' Man Reply

    Appreciate all the suggestions for the Chicken Fried Steaks.
    Cheri: A Mexican Restaurant with the best CFS? Is it a Taco?
    Sundance: Great idea about Antler Cafe. Last year I went to the Gristmill after Wurstfest. It was the most recommended restaurant for CFS, and it was rated 3 udders

  9. Lee Reply

    The Best Chicken Fried Steak can be found at Babe’s at any of their locations in Dallas, Cedar Hill, Ronoake, Burleson. Yummm!
    Served family style….their fried chicken ain’t bad either!

  10. Jerry Itzig Reply

    The events sound like a wonderful experience for those of us with German heritage as well as non-Germans.

  11. Andrew Dorer Reply

    The best chicken fried steak I’ve ever had was at ClearSprings restaurant just outside New Braunfels on hwy 46

  12. Jessica S Reply

    I love the chicken fried steak at Hill’s Cafe in Austin. I thought it was the best, until I went to the Tip Top Cafe in San Antonio. The gravy and chicken fried steak is perfect there!

  13. Jessica S Reply

    I did this once before, but I don’t think it showed up. So, Hill’s Cafe in Austin is wonderful, but my favorite is the Tip Top Cafe in San Antonio. The gravy and steak itself is delicious!

  14. Kim Reply

    The Best Chicken Fried Steak in Texas is the Gristmill in Gruene, Texas. Gotta love a good CFS!!

  15. DDR Reply

    Round Top–Royers Cafe and you can follow it up with an amazing piece of pie!

  16. Andrew Dorer Reply

    I also agree that Matts El Rancho in Austin has wonder CFS! Sounds strange being mexican food place, But I’ve never had anything bad there and seriously, You’ve gotta try their CFS!

  17. Jennie Schmitz Reply

    Babe’s in Carrollton definitely has the best Chicken Fried Steak!

  18. Jo Ann Printy Reply

    The best chicken fried steak (so says my hubby Billy) is at Hill’s Cafe on South Congress in Austin. They use Nolan Ryan Beef and it is the best!! Crispy crust, tender meat ….. a combination that cannot be beat!! Plus, who knows, maybe Willie Nelson will be sitting in the booth named after him.

  19. Patsy Aranda Reply

    The Best Chicken Fried Steak is @ Kelleys in Houston Texas (8015 Park Place @ Gulf Frwy.
    Houston, Texas 77087) You must try, and you will agree.

  20. Maria Vazquez Reply

    In my family we LOVE Chicken Fried Steak, I’ll like to recomend Mom’s Country Kitchen in Houston TX

  21. Laura Tolar Reply

    You haven’t made it to the right town yet! Try On The River Restaurant in Freeport! It’s the best you’ll ever have!! We eat lunch there EVERYDAY!! It’s sooo good!

  22. Michelle Vollmar Reply

    For years I have ate at Bohannon’s Brietzke Station in New Berlin, Tx. Good home cooking and AWESOME Chicken Fried Steak.

  23. dallas boyd Reply

    I beleive the best chicken fried steak in TX is located off Hwy.46 and I-10. that’s the new braunsfel exit and you go to the red light and cross over I-10 and it is on the corner.

  24. Sheila Reply

    The best Chicken Fried Steak is at Rockett Cafe in Rockett, Tx. A very very small town just north of Waxahachie, Tx. The large is as big as a platter and the small is not much smaller. Hand cut steaks and all the fixins. Great.

  25. Jennifer Reply

    I suggest you try out Sodolak’s in Snook. Big as your face, but much more delicious.

  26. Drew Reply

    Great CFS, MK Davis on Flores street in San Antonio. Don’t forget the mega mug beer with it!

  27. Thelma Lopez Reply

    The best Chicken Fried Steak you can find in Texas is at "Kelley’s Country Kitchen". They are huge and oh so goooooooood.

  28. Renee Combs Reply

    There is a Place in Brownwood Texas called Underwoods Cafe that has the BEST chicken fried steaks in TEXAS! You should check it out if you are in the neck of the woods. I love it!

  29. Thelma Lopez Reply

    The best Chicken Fried Steak you can find in Texas is at "Kelley’s Country Kitchen" right herer in little ole Pasadena,Texas. They are huge and oh sooooo gooooooooood. Bring a bigggggg napkin.

  30. Sarah Reply

    Jody’s in Temple is very good. But Norma’s Cafe in Dallas rocks! The BEST CFS!!! They know how to do it right!

  31. Leigh Gregg Reply

    The Best Chicken Fried Steak is at Zentner’s Daughter in San Angelo – big servings, great gravy and with the Onion Rings! Ahhhh!

  32. Ofelia Reply

    The best is definitely at my dinner table. Based on my family’s and friend’s taste buds.

  33. Sarah Thomas Reply

    Love & War in Grapevine has some pretty tasty chicken fried steak 🙂

  34. Maggie Reply

    I think the best chicken fried steak is at Hill’s Cafe on South Congress in Austin, Texas. The yellow gravy is yummy!

  35. Shoo Reply

    I have found the best chicken fried steak at Ginger Brown’s in Lake Worth, TX….I have never been disapppointed when I eat there 🙂

  36. Bonnie Reply

    If you are ever in San Antonio, BJ’s off of 1604 near Clebrua makes a pretty good CFS.

  37. Michelle Vollmar Reply

    Bohannon’s Brietzke Station has an AWESOME Chicken Fried Steak…and good home cooking.

  38. Susie Basler Reply

    Ever tried th CFS at Hickory Hollow in Houston? It comes in 4 different sizes: Small Cowgirl, Small Plowman, Medium Hired Hand, and Large Rancher. Unbelievable!

  39. angela melcher Reply

    I think the best CFS in TX is in Old Town Spring at Wunsche Bros. Cafe. That place has great food!

  40. San Marcos Fan! Reply

    This could sound crazy…but Mamacita’s in San Marcos has delicious Chicken Fried Steak!

  41. Melinda Reply

    Try the Gruene Onion, in Gruene Texas. Everything thye serve there is wonderful!

  42. Shelly Coleman Reply

    Montana Mikes Steakhouse in New Braunfels. It is as big as your plate!

  43. Penny Reply

    I think you need to try Radicke’s Bluebonnet Grill in San Antonio. They have a really big chicken fried steak dinner that a lot better than LuLu’s. If you like chicken fried steak sandwiches you should try Uncle Barney’s in San Antonio as well.

  44. Marci Reply

    My Texan partner Clint who grew up there and vacationed in New Braunfels with his parents said that the Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls has the best CFS. Most people have to order it there along with pie when they visit.

  45. Sandy Reply

    Carriage House in Houston near the Sam Houston Racetrack. Best home-cooked meals in Houston!

  46. Tina Blanton Reply

    Not to be bragging, but the best CFS is the one I make with my husband’s grandpa’s recipe…but I used to love the CFS at Threadgills in Austin…Matt’s El Rancho can do no wrong in my book also…

  47. Paul Reply

    I really like the Chicken Fried Steak in Downtown Houston on Louisana and at the Mall @ "The Longhorn"

  48. Daphne Harris Reply

    for the best chicken-fried steak,
    try 7th Street Cafe in the tiny town of Cushing, Texas!

  49. Tyler Reply

    The best Chicken Fried Steak I have ever had is at Goerke’s Country Kitchen out between Marion and New Braunfels

  50. Cilla Reply

    Another place is called Lulu’s cafe off of huoston street. They have the biggest chicken fried steak ever!! If you like cinimon rolls, you can share one the size of cake with your family. Over all the food is really great there!

  51. Dorothy Reply

    I’ve been to Mama’s Daughter and Norma’s in Dallas, Tx for Chicken Fried Steak, really good!

  52. Hewlett Wittie Reply

    Best Chicken Fried Steak is at the BlueBonnet Cafe in Marble Falls, TX

  53. JOHN Reply

    Best chicken fried steak is @ San Marcos River Pub and Grille in San Marcos !

  54. Cynthia Soll Reply

    You can find the best chicken-fried steak in Texas at my house. Nothing beats home cooking!

  55. The Texas Travelin' Man Reply

    GREAT Comments and some new suggestions for places to visit.
    It seems some of the old standards are still out there. Here are the most popular suggestions:
    Gristmill in Gruene (rated 3 udders)
    Hills Cafe, Austin
    Babes in Dallas (
    T Bone Toms in Keemah (rated 4 udders)
    Clear Springs Cafe, New Braunfels
    Thank you and for those who won the tickets to Wurstfest, have a great time and for those who didn’t, I’m sorry I couldn’t get you all in, but go anyway. Eat (Schnitzel), Drink (Beer) and (Dance with) Merry at Wurstfest 50.

  56. Maria Reply

    The best Chicken Fried Steak is at Abel’s Diner in Schertz Texas

  57. Blaire Byrom Reply

    The best place in Dallas is Ozona’s Bar and Grill on Greenville! Voted best place for CFS by D Magazine and it is good not to mention the BEST SALAD ever and IM not sure why and they also have jalapeno gravy!

  58. Sylvia Nino Reply

    I think the best CFS is to be had at Grins Restaurant in San Marcos. It’s a large portion so I hope you’re hungry when you go there!

  59. christine howard Reply

    Best chicken fried stea is at Cotton patch Cafe, Corsicana, Texas

  60. William Toledo Reply

    One of the best chicken fried steaks is at Mr. Tims in San Antonio, Texas. It’s a good home country style cooking

  61. Mac Russell Reply

    My favorite is The Longhorn in Bryan, TX run by Randy Pozio and his wife. I moved from there a few years back, but I stop in everytime I’m in town. It will always be one of my favorites.

  62. The Texas Travelin' Man Reply

    Once again, Thank you for all your comments. Your suggestions should be good for 25 pounds.
    There have been several suggestions for Mexican Restaurants that have the best Chicken Fried Steak. I’m a believer that when in Rome, etc. If I go to a Mexican Restaurant, I’ll eat Mexican food. If I go to a French Restaurant, I’ll eat French Food.

    I laso need a clarification. Here is a post from last week.
    Thursday, October 28, 2010 by Rachel :
    The best CFS, Arlington steakhouse with their green cream gravy!!
    Please explain the "Green Gravy" Was it left over from St. Patricks Day? Not sure I want to try Green Gravy.
    Keep the suggestions coming in and in a few weeks you will see the first 5 Udder Rating and the first 0 Udder Rating.

  63. Nichole Villarreal Reply

    I see you’ve been there before but I have to agree, the chicken fried steak at the Grist Mill in Gruene is delish!

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